Day two finds us still flying towards the Galapagos. We have a fast moving current going our way and perfect wind conditions and we are moving fast. We covered the first 315 miles in about 40 hours, and approached the rock of Malpelo just as the sun broke the horizon this morning, back lighting the precipitous cliffs. We were hoping to stop at Malpelo and visit the small Colombian Navy base (really just a hut with a couple of Colombians stationed there to keep the fishing poachers away). Malpelo is a pinnacle of jagged rock that juts out of the Pacific from the ocean floor from over 2000 feet deep. The volcanic pinnacle is surrounded by swirling, nutrient rich, water and it home to large numbers of pelagic fish, manta rays and hammer head sharks. We read recently that a cruising yacht stopped, was able to pick up a mooring buoy, meant for the supply ship, and visit the attention starved navy personnel. The entire island/rock has only vertical cliff faces, but they have a crane they deploy over the water and they dangle a ladder to get crew and supplies ashore. That is all my kids (and the 49 year old kid) needed to hear to want to stop. In addition this was a bucket list island for Michael and it is listed as one of the top ten dive sites in the world. It is one of the best places in the world to see Hammerhead sharks. Zander slept in his bathing suit he was so excited to dive this morning. Alas, it was not to be. The weather was rough, too rough to take a buoy on the windward side of the island and a navy boat had pulled the resupply ship buoy on the leeward side. Disappointed we had to turn away without going ashore at all.
We are expecting for the wind to lessen in the next 24 hours and we may have to motor the last few days into the Galapagos. With 450 miles to go, we have plenty of diesel, but each hour we can sail is a bonus.
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The following pages chronicle the journey of the sailing vessel Pelagic and her crew. We are a family of 5; Michael, Amy, Zander, Porter and Anakena, taking our 42' Hallberg Rassy as far as we can comfortably go in three years. We left Oregon in September 2014, participated in the 2014 Baja Haha, continued on through the Panama Canal, into the Caribbean, up the coast of the US to Maritime Canada and from there crossed the Atlantic. After an arrival in Ireland we toured Scotland, then sailed down to France, Portugal and on to Morocco. In January of 2016 we slowed down considerably and enrolled the kids in a local Spanish school in Sanlucar de Guadiana for a few months. In the spring of 2016 we crossed the Atlantic towards the Caribbean. We are now in the Pacific, officially on our way home, albeit via a very circuitous path. We are currently in French Polynesia and looking at weather windows to Hawaii before finally making landfall back in the Pacific Northwest.
Currently our exact location is not available. Our spot coverage will pick us back up in Hawaii towards the end of May, 2017.
Our favorite sailing quote:
"If anythings gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there boss!" Captain Ron